Committee approves $50 million funding for DHS

Much needed financial aid may be coming to hospitals and nursing homes across the state.

2,212 new COVID-19 cases in Arkansas, hospitalizations rise

  VFW awarded $100,000 in CARES Act grant

Gov. Parson announces partnership with Vizient, additional hospital staff, expand statewide hospital capacity

  Nurses wanted: Swamped hospitals scramble for pandemic help

Daily Report: Arkansas Dept. of Health monitoring COVID-19

  Shelter full due to rise in domestic violence around the holiday season

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  Perrin rings bell, early reports show him to be cancer-free

  Shelby County Health Department director ‘disappointed’ weekend party was not shut down

  TDH reports nearly 5,000 new COVID-19 cases in Tennessee

  Amarillo hospitals starting to see COVID-19 and flu coinfections

  COVID risk at ‘historic high,’ Arkansas remains in Red Zone

Face masks now required for Memphis Zoo, Botanic Garden guests

  Osceola High School pauses on learning new concepts

According to Osceola High School Principal Toshiba Pugh, both students and teachers feel they were not successful with learning this semester.

  St. Bernards ‘lights up a life’ for cancer patients

A Christmas tree was lit up with ornaments sponsored by the community, with the goal to make a difference in the life of cancer patients.

Van Buren schools offer free rapid testing

They say the rapid test will only take 15 minutes to get results. It is a nasal swab.

  FedExForum makes safety changes ahead of Grizzlies, Tigers basketball games

Attention Tigers and Grizzlies fans. There are major changes inside FedExForum if you plan on attending a basketball game this season.

  ADH: No new flu deaths reported, school absentee rate rises

  Chamber of Commerce hosts “25 Days of Shopping Local”

Dining rooms empty by choice, not bad business

  Arkansas sees new record for hospitalizations at 1,074

  TDH reports over 5,000 new virus cases, 36 additional deaths statewide

Some Christmas parades are still on, some are not

  ABC board says ’trouble normally starts later at night’ concerning compliance checks

Every Monday, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board releases its compliance report and for the last week, every business that was inspected was in full compliance.

  Dr. Romero addresses Arkansas hospitalizations, reassures vaccine safety

He says the state could have its first allotment of Pfizer’s vaccine by the end of next week.

  Highland School District returns to in-person learning

When Highland went virtual in mid-November, it wasn’t due to COVID cases among students.

  Hospitalizations put strain on Jonesboro hospital

Two Jonesboro hospitals react to an increase in hospitalizations.

  NE Arkansas school districts reporting COVID-19 cases

Just months after the start of a new school year, several Northeast Arkansas school districts have begun reporting positive COVID-19 cases among their students and faculty.

Governor: “Hospitalizations will continue to strain our health care system”

Another day for record hospitalizations in Arkansas with 1,063 hospitalized, up 33 from Sunday.

  Active virus cases surpass 41,000 in Tennessee with more than 7,000 new cases reported

The Shelby County Health Department has identified 283 new coronavirus cases two more deaths.

  Santa’s North Pole opens with a few COVID-19 friendly adjustments

This is the sixth year Santa has opened up his home to Jonesboro, but this year is different because of the pandemic.

Arkansas reaches new record for COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of total active cases dropped by nearly 60 Sunday as Arkansas saw a record in hospitalizations due to the COVID-19 virus, state health officials said.

  Church distributes over 100 boxes of food

Hispanic church Betel La Casa in Jonesboro gave away over 100 boxes of food to families in need on Sunday.

  Active coronavirus cases nearing 36,000 in Tennessee, over 3,000 new cases reported

The Tennessee Department of Health reported 3,052 new COVID-19 cases Saturday with the addition of 13 virus-related deaths.

  Small Business Saturday more important than ever because of pandemic

Several customers and owners had the same idea- it’s important to shop locally year-round. Not just on Small Business Saturday.

  BBB issues warning about COVID-19 vaccine trial scams

The Better Business Bureau wants to warn you about scams surrounding COVID-19 vaccine trials.

Hospitalizations fall, total active cases increase as new COVID-19 numbers released

The number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 fell slightly Saturday while the number of total active cases went up as officials urged caution with Thanksgiving now over.

Active cases drop statewide as Arkansas releases new COVID-19 numbers

The state of Arkansas saw the number of total COVID-19 cases increase by 1,052, while total active cases fell by nearly 700 Friday as state health officials released new numbers.

  Corning Christmas in the Park set to start

According to a post on the Corning Christmas in the Park Facebook page, planning and preparations have gone on this week for the event.

  TDH: More than 4,000 new coronavirus cases, 7 more deaths in Tennessee

The Tennesee Department of Health reports 4,340 new COVID-19 cases and seven additional deaths across the state as of Friday.

Arkansas reports nearly 2,400 COVID-19 cases, as both hospitalizations go down

The state of Arkansas saw nearly 2,400 COVID-19 cases reported on Thanksgiving, as both hospitalizations and the number of people on ventilators went down statewide.

  Arkansas Medical Marijuana sales surpass $187 million

The department expects sales to reach 30,000 pounds by late December.

  County health department overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases

The Dunklin County Health Department has had a high volume of COVID-19 cases.

Hospitalizations reach 1,000; nearly 2,000 new COVID-19 cases

The state of Arkansas reported over 150,000 total cases of COVID-19 as we approach Thanksgiving, with state health officials saying 1,028 people remain hospitalized due to the virus.

  Missouri stores prepare for Black Friday

Before you go Black Friday shopping know the stores COVID-19 safety guidelines

  Walnut Ridge to host ‘reverse’ Christmas parade

A Lawrence County Christmas tradition has been altered due to COVID-19.

  No violations reported in Craighead, Greene counties compliance checks

We have the list of businesses that had compliance checks in both Craighead and Greene Counties between Nov. 16 and Nov. 22.

  Newport medical marijuana cultivator moving to Pine Bluff

The Newport location will continue to operate until the first half of 2021 as the facility in Pine Bluff is developed.

  Medical clinic sees increase in COVID-19 tests

As drive-thru testing becomes more readily available, some local medical clinics have seen an increase in people getting tested.

  Craighead County has plans if cases lead to morgue overflow

As COVID-19 deaths overwhelm hospitals across the country, several hospitals have gotten mobile morgues to accommodate the influx.

  Gov. Parson announces new COVID-19 vaccine website for Missourians

As research and development of multiple COVID-19 vaccines continue to show promising safety and effectiveness findings, Governor Mike Parson announced the launch of a new vaccine website for Missouri residents.

  Health experts say educating Hispanics about a COVID-19 vaccine is crucial

During the first wave of COVID-19 health experts noticed how the virus spread among Hispanics, a community in which multi-generational families often live under one roof.

  Arkansas officials urge residents to avoid Thanksgiving travel

Dr. Jose Romero advises residents to avoid travel this Thanksgiving.

MDC waterfowl hunts going to COVID level red starting Nov. 25

In response to increasing cases of COVID-19 in Missouri, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces that all managed waterfowl hunts will be designated COVID Red Level effective Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Lyon College to utilize testing as students return for on-campus learning

Lyon College students will return to campus for in-person classes for the spring semester for the first time since March.

Ark. hospitalizations increasing among those over 40

According to the White House Coronavirus Task Force Report obtained by ABC News, the number of hospitalizations is increasing, especially among those over 40.

  Business owners fear layoffs with latest health directive in effect

Monday is the first night of strict new rules meant to stop the spread of Coronavirus in Shelby County.

Vaccines show promise as deadly pandemic surges

There’s a new reason to be thankful in the fight against COVID, even if it won’t save your Thanksgiving.

  COVID-19 forces local stores to adapt for holiday season

The pandemic has forced several local businesses to get creative to keep customers safe.

  Heartland dietitian explains how to prevent holiday heart attack this season

The American Heart Association reports the number of heart-related deaths in the US increases by 5 percent during the end of the year holidays.

  Visiting family for the holidays? Hear what health experts recommend

Thanksgiving is just a few days away and health experts are asking everyone to celebrate differently this year.

  ‘Greatest challenge’ facing hospital? Staffing

The surge of COVID-19 cases in Northeast Arkansas leads to staffing issues and a lack of beds available at St. Bernards Medical Center.

Governor: ‘Our hospitalizations are still going up’

Hospitalizations in Arkansas are nearing the 1,000 case mark on Monday as the state added 1,017 new COVID-19 cases.

Tenn. Dept. of Health reports more than 43,000 active cases in Tennessee

The Shelby County Health Department has identified 407 new COVID-19 cases and five more deaths.

Hospital bed, ICU capacity becoming more limited in Missouri

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services on Monday cited 2,805 hospitalizations statewide -- double the number from a month ago.

Positive COVID-19 tests prompt cancelation of Ole Miss basketball classic, A-State game

Arkansas State was scheduled to play Jackson State, Central Arkansas and Ole Miss in the multi-team event.

  Wonderland Ice Rink makes adjustments due to COVID-19

The rules at the Wonderland Ice Rink are a little different this year because of the pandemic.

  Time is running out to sign-up for Christmas for Kids & Goodfellows

The distribution will take place at 8:00 a.m. on Sat., Dec. 19, 2020, at Nettleton Baptist Church, 7001 Johnson Avenue, Jonesboro, AR 72401.

Arkansas reports 1,352 new COVID-19 cases, Craighead County 4th in state in new cases

The state of Arkansas reported 1,352 new COVID-19 cases as state health officials said Craighead County was in the top 5 of counties with new cases.

  Hundreds of food insecure families helped through food distribution event

On Saturday, the church helped 300 to 500 families in Greene County.

  NBA player Malik Monk distributes 300 turkeys to those in need

The 4th annual Malik Monk Turkey Drive was held in Lepanto on Saturday.

  Restaurant owners worried new SCHD directive will drive away customers

With the weather getting colder, many customers are too concerned to eat indoors, and with a new, more restrictive health directive on the way, one restaurant manager says she’s extremely worried.

Arkansas reports over 1,900 new COVID-19 cases; no NEA counties in Top 5

The state of Arkansas saw an additional 1,905 COVID-19 cases reported Saturday as the number of hospitalizations statewide was down.

  St. Bernards, NEA Baptist offering antibody to treat COVID-19

The antibody is designed to treat those over 65 with underlying health issues who have been recently diagnosed with COVID-19 with the goal of preventing the progression of the disease.

  Out-of-state hunters flood Arkansas for Opening Day during pandemic

As the opening day of duck season quickly approaches, and thousands of hunters enter Arkansas, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission discusses coronavirus threats.

  Jonesboro man recovers from COVID-19, asks community to follow guidelines

A Jonesboro man is asking the community to follow COVID-19 guidelines as he continues to recover from the virus.

St. Bernards COVID Clinic opens

A COVID-19 clinic is now open in Region 8, with an area hospital saying the clinic will serve the public in multiple ways.

New COVID-19 restrictions in effect in Ill., Ky.

The new restrictions went into effect just after midnight on Friday, November 20.

  NE Arkansas leads state with hospital beds and ventilators being used by COVID-19 patients

NEA leads in hospital beds being used by COVID-19 patients, and it also leads in ventilators being used by COVID-19 patients

  Open enrollment deadline with Ark. Health Insurance Marketplace approaching

It’s the time of year that people begin to think about their health insurance coverage for the upcoming year and the Arkansas Insurance Department want people to remember an important date.

Piggott Hospital: No visitors allowed

The days of visiting friends and loved ones at Piggott Community Hospital are over. At least, for now.